Twice a year for Paris fashion week (PFW), we completely surrender ourselves to the idea of luxury, falling under the couture spell, dreaming with eyes wide and heart open. There is where the runways never cease to amaze, where new characters emerge to life and where new stories are being unveiled under the spotlight. Replacing words, the exquisite embroideries, the thousands of sequins, the cascades of appliques, beads and pearls, work towards creating the larger picture – like the small pieces of a puzzle.
In that same picture, the shoes of couture become part of the fantasy. And if we previously introduced you to the 10 most amazing dresses from Paris Haute Couture Week, it is now time to switch focus to the best shoes to have walked the couture runway. Here are 10 of the most fabulous pairs.
You couldn’t have possibly missed the sky blue caged bootie type sandals that styled few of the enchanted garments at Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Autumn 2013. A contemporary twist added with care to a spectacle of glamour.
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At Christian Dior, the satin mules walked the runway baring unexpected punches of color. Amongst them, the black and white multi-graphic d’orsay pumps with Lycra ankle-wrap, breath new life to couture.
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Inspired by kinetic art, Karl Lagerfeld’s collection for Chanel was accessorized with a beautiful display of low heeled boots. Amongst them, delicate pairs of silver booties hitting the ankle, were made out of embroidered translucent tulle.
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Balancing the sublime exquisiteness of the ruby red gowns floating in heavy embellishments on the Elie Saab Haute Couture Autumn 2013 runway, the chic and regal satin pumps serve to outline the ever growing sophistication of the Saab woman.
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Bringing together the best of two worlds, Giambattista Valli chose to infuse his couture fantasy gowns with a touch of contemporary seductiveness. These super-chic black lace-up sandals did the trick just right.
Valentino’s idea of sophistication for its neo-Baroque inspired haute couture fall 2013 collection, included an array of snakeskin leather pumps in subdued earthy colors, matching beautiful miniature clutches.
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An ode to modern folk wear, Ulyana Sergeenko’s haute couture collection chose fairy tales as perfect setting for her clothes, and footwear alike. Felt booties with sophisticated cut-outs accented the demure presentation.
Giorgio Armani’s haute couture collection celebrated the art-deco spirit with a mesmerizing sense of ease. Pale tones and heavenly crystal-embroideries sparkled on shoes so delicate, they could have easily passed for oversized pieces of jewelry.
Last but not least, Iris van Herpen’s unique take on exoskeletons and Japanes culture filled the couture runway with a line of boots that resembled works of abstract sculpture. They might not be wearable, but the 3D printed shoes sure celebrate what couture is all about.